Economic development

A year later, were tornado lessons learned?

With tornado and storm season on us, what lessons were learned in the year since a sudden tornado blew through Harrisburg and eastern Mecklenburg County, injuring four people and destroying six homes? And what’s been rebuilt? (Photo: Melissa Currie)

New name, new money plan for streetcar

Will a new name, a new tie-in to the county’s overall transit plan, and a new funding scheme using no property tax money mean a new outcome for a proposed streetcar expansion project? (Photo: CATS)

Easy access to work? Charlotte’s not atop list

A new study of access to jobs via automobile, across the United States, ranks the Charlotte metro area near the bottom. Unlike simple congestion studies, this one looks at land use as well as the transportation system.  

The measure of a metro

In January, Charlotte had 1.8 million people. Today it has 2.3 million people. And no, there was no airlift of half a million residents from the Rust Belt or anywhere else. How can a city gain a half-million people almost overnight? (Staff photo)

HOT lanes: A hot topic at Huntersville meeting

Huntersville Town Hall was the setting for Wednesday afternoon’s public information meeting about HOT (High Occupancy Toll) lanes proposed on I-77. HOT lanes are a red-hot topic, and citizens were vocal about their concerns. Is the region ready to accept pay-as-you-go highways? (Photo: Melissa Currie)

Neighborhood schools? More city parents are taking a fresh look

Gretchen Gregg, a Madison Park parent, with Gabby, 7, Zane, 3, and River, 1. Photo: Keihly Moore In at least a half-dozen older Charlotte neighborhoods many white, middle-income families avoided sending their children to neighborhood schools with a majority of low-income, minority students.  Some parents are now taking a closer look at those nearby schools. (Photo: Keihly Moore)

Is the Charlotte region ready for another boom?

Times have been tough in the local economy, but it looks as if we’ve finally turned the corner. If growth is starting to make a comeback, exactly where will it be? Is your county ready? (Photo:  U.S. Census Bureau, Public Information Office)

Growth challenge dwarfs the streetcar spat

Since Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx gave his State of the City speech Monday, most publicity has focused on his remarks about the proposed streetcar and about a proposal in the legislature to remove Charlotte/Douglas International Airport from city control. Those are important issues. But another one may well trump those, and it’s not getting much publicity:The way Charlotte used to grow is over.

What’s the City Council hearing, saying at its retreat?

PlanCharlotte can't be at today's Charlotte City Council retreat, but we're using an innovative social media technique to let you read what others are reporting from the retreat. 

Beer: Is it zoned out?

Assistant brewer Bart Roberts (right) and Ford Craven, enjoying a beer at NoDa Brewing Co. Photo: NoDa Brewing As breweries sprout across the Charlotte region, an industry group of local brewers and beer lovers is working with Charlotte planners to make city zoning more beer-friendly. (Photo: NoDa Brewing)